Writer: The Glover
Date:Wednesday April 9 2014
Attendance: April 8th 2014. 19:45
The Glovers final chance of escaping SkyBet Championship relegation has probably now ended now with Charlton beating us at the Valley on Tuesday.
If the 3-2 defeat wasn't enough with most other results going against us we've got a mountain to climb now and an instant return to the SkyBet League 1 looms large.
Should you have been looking on as a neutral this is exactly the game you'd be looking for as the season draws to a close, both sides knowing the importance of the win but only one side able to claim this with a point unlikely to have done much to help either.
And it was Charlton that struck first.
Astrit Ajdarevic picked up the ball in midfield, as it ran loose, beating one challenge before unleashing from distance with Chris Dunn, filling in for Marek Stech again, beaten low into the corner.
The Glovers needed to respond, and fast.
We did exactly that as we were level within two minutes with Joel Grant claiming the equaliser, but his effort took a huge deflection off Charlton defender Richard Wood before ending up in Ben Hamer's net.
James Hayter provided Grant with an assist for his goal and could have put us ahead soon after but his effort was poor and went wide with Reza Ghoochannejhad also missing from close range for Charlton.
One of Joe Ralls efforts, two in quick succession, needed to go in for us really but his first from distance went just over the bar and his next, also from distance, needed a good save from Hamer.
Perhaps the turning point came when Tom Lawrence's freekick hit the bar instead of going in.
Dunn twice kept Charlton at bay, firstly saving from Ajdarevic and then producing a great save to prevent Marvin Sordell as Charlton looked to make the most of a mistake by Byron Webster.
Charlton continued the second half with the momentum in their favour and the early goal after the break really dented our chances
Dorian Dervite gave Dunn no chance with his header just three minutes into the second half as he scored from a Johnnie Jackson's corner.
An equaliser couldn't be found with Charlton gaining that all important next goal.
He'd made some important save but Dunn made an error to allow Sordell to tap home. A cross from the right wing from Ghoochannejhad wasn't one that the goalkeeper was able to hold and Sordell took advantage.
The Glovers set up a tense last few minutes when Kieffer Moore was left with the simple task of putting the ball into an empty net when Charlton got in a mix up defensively but we couldn't find that equaliser, even if we had a point probably wouldn't have been enough.
Charlton have now opened up a two point gap between themselves and the bottom three, and they still have two games in hand, with us at the foot of the SkyBet Championship table and highly unlikely to escape.
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Date:Wednesday April 9 2014
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